noun[mass noun] informal
Shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness: the president would hire almost any young man who had the gumption to ask for a job
More example sentences
- They played with the spirit and gumption that made them world champions, resisting all temptation to throw in the towel or play for outright draws.
- If Croydon Council hasn't got an accountant in its ranks or a commercially-minded businessman with a sense of gumption, I can provide one.
- And then, if you have the imagination and gumption, you can stop just being at the receiving end of news.
cleverness, astuteness, shrewdness, acumen, discernment, understanding, reason, wisdom, sagacity, sense, common sense, wit, mother wit, native wit, native ability, practicality;
spirit, forcefulness, backbone, pluck, mettle, nerve, courage
North American informal smarts
early 18th century (originally Scots): of unknown origin.